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Memorable Manitobans: June Doraine McKnight Gislason (1921-2014)

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Born on the family farm at Homewood on 14 August 1921, she attended Homewood School then the Central Normal School in Winnipeg. In 1941, she began a 34-year teaching career at Steep Rock School where she taught (1941-1943), was Principal (1942-1943), and met her future husband Thorarin Gislason. They were married on 18 September 1943 and subsequently had four children. After brief stops at Reykjavik, Carman, and Pine Falls, the family arrived in Winnipeg in 1954 where she developed a number of educational programs and, in 1981, was named “Manitoba Teacher of the Year” by the Canadian College of Teachers. She retired from teaching in 1984. She died at Winnipeg on 18 September 2014.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 September 2014.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2019

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